LONG BEACH — The League of California Cities® board of directors elected Yountville Mayor John F. Dunbar to serve as the organization’s 2018–2019 second vice president on Sept. 14 as part of the League’s Annual Conference & Expo in Long Beach.
The League board also elected Grass Valley Council Member Jan Arbuckle to serve as president and Murrieta Council Member Randon Lane as first vice president. South San Francisco Council Member Rich Garbarino, who served as president in 2017–2018, became immediate past president.
“For more than a decade, I have experienced the League's strong advocacy on behalf of all California cities. I have found the League and its staff invaluable to me as a local elected official. I’m honored to be able to serve as second vice president and look forward to working even more closely with the League’s officers, board of directors and members on the major issues before us now and in the coming years,” said Mayor Dunbar.
The Yountville Town Council appointed Dunbar to the council in 2004, and he was elected to his first full term in 2006 before being elected mayor in 2010. Voters re-elected him mayor in 2014. He served as the League’s North Bay Division president from 2011–2012 and continues to serve on the North Bay Division Executive Committee. The North Bay Division appointed Mayor Dunbar to the League board in 2016 to represent the division.
At the local level, Mayor Dunbar is engaged in numerous regional and county-wide boards and commissions including the Yountville Tourism Improvement District — Local Governing Committee, Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Napa Valley Transportation Authority, Napa County League of Governments, and the Association of Bay Area Governments. Gov. Jerry Brown in 2012 appointed Mayor Dunbar to the 25th District Agricultural Association, Napa Exposition and Fair Board, where he serves as president. In addition, he is president of the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, located on the California Veterans Home in Yountville. He also is a board member of The Pathway Home nonprofit veteran treatment program.
“John has built strong relationships with his colleagues on city councils statewide as well as with representatives from all levels of government. He will be an asset to our executive committee and brings his expertise on issues such as land use, housing, and economic development to our advocacy efforts on behalf of California cities. I know he will contribute greatly as we face new challenges and opportunities,” said League Executive Director Carolyn Coleman.
Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials.